# 9. God’s Thoughts
We talked about the importance of thinking good thoughts, and thinking thoughts that line up with the Word of God. God’s Words are His thoughts expressed in words. The Bible has much to say about God’s thoughts.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace (good) and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” The NIV says it this way, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you.” He goes on to say in verses 12-13, “Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
The Lord thinks good thoughts about us! And did you catch the part about Him listening to us? He’s a good listener (# 7. Hearing Words). Along that line, let me also mention 1 John 5:14-15, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” And do you know why? Because the Lord thinks good thoughts about us! He plans to prosper us, give us a future, and give us hope!
Isaiah 55:8 tells us, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” If you think about it, how awesome is that! He doesn’t think like we do! He thinks thoughts of good and not evil. His thoughts toward us are thoughts of peace and good. He thinks good thoughts of us. And we can know what those thoughts are! All we have to do is ask Him.
When we are born-again, God sends us the Holy Spirit, sometimes called the Counselor, or the Helper, to teach us all things, and remind us of everything Jesus said to us. (John 14: 16-26; 17:20-24) Peter also tells us that “God’s divine power has given us everything (in His Word) that we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” (2 Peter 1:3-4) There are other scriptures that talk about us knowing the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. Look for them! God wants us to know Him, to know the mysteries of the Kingdom, and to know who we are in Him.
God’s good thoughts about us are too numerous to list all of them. But I must talk about His thoughts toward us that are written in Psalm 139. I will paraphrase some of them, but I encourage you to read it for yourself. First of all, He created us, in our innermost being. His eyes saw our unformed bodies before we were born. And all the days ordained for us were written in His Book of Life before we ever came into being. He knit us together in our mother’s wombs. He made us in the secret place, and we were woven together in the depths of the earth. He knows us, every part of us, and is familiar with all our ways. He knows the words we are going to speak before we speak them. He protects us with His divine hand. There is no place we can go on this earth, or even into outer space, that He won’t be there with us at all times. He shines His light into our darkness. His thoughts towards us are so precious and vast that they would outnumber all the grains of sand. He loves us! We are the beloved of God. That’s who we are!
Think about it! He thought us first…He saw us in His mind’s eye! With His thoughts, His Words, we were created! And remember, we were created in His image! (Genesis 1:26, 27) How wonderful it is that we are that important to God. When we are tempted to think wrong thoughts about ourselves, or each other, let’s think about how God sees us. We are all His precious, beloved creation. Also, let’s remember: the thoughts that we think, if spoken and acted upon, can create what we are thinking and seeing in our mind’s eye. If we think good thoughts, they can create good things in our lives. And, if we think God’s thoughts (those found in the Bible), He also goes to work to uphold and perform His Word in our lives. (Hebrews 1:3; Isaiah 55:11)